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Entries in Salsa (2)


A quick rant

Ft. Lauderdale is beautiful this time of year!!!  While my colleagues from up north and the west coast are sweltering in the humidity, I'm loving life.  It is not hot to me at all - it's perfect!

But I do have one gripe.  Last night, Ana and I ate dinner at the hotel restaurant, pool side, over-looking the ocean.  We really couldn't decide what we wanted to eat so we settled on several appetizers.  Well - hello, wrong choice.

1.  The chips with the chips and salsa were NOT homemade (as the waitress led us to believe);

2.  The chimchurri sauce for the wings tasted of vegetable oil, perhaps because there were only 2 or 3 floating herbs in the entire bowl; and

3.  The barbequed shrimp came with their barbequed heads still attached.  Pardon me, but I like my shrimp with their head properly whacked off.  I could not take those charcoaled beady eyeballs staring up at me.

Not a good dinner.  Sorry, Hilton Resort, but our dinner sucked.


On the bright side, at least I have a nice view from the hotel...



That's me.  I have been in a bit of a funk these last couple of weeks.  All I have wanted to do is plop down on my sofa in my sweatpants, cover up with a down-filled blanket, and fall asleep while watching some foodie show.  Michael and I have eaten many dinners consisting of sandwiches and potato chips. 

This weekend, I tried to step up a little bit.  Saturday night, I marinated a flank steak and made a homemade salsa (recipes below) and we ate tacos for supper as we had a nice quiet night at home watching SEC football.  I'll admit, the apt smelled really good as the steak was sizzling away on the stove top.

Marinated Flank Steak

  • zest and juice of two limes
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (for sweetness)
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

marinate flank steak for a minimum of 3 hours.


Homemade Salsa (this recipe made a quart of salsa - of which MB polished off in 2 sittings)

  • 3 tomatoes, cut into chunky bits
  • 5 or 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 big handfuls of cilantro
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and cut into chunky bits
  • 1 half of a yellow onion, cut into chunky bits
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 half of lime
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small handful of flat leaf italian parsley
  • 1 slice of fresh pineapple, cut into chunky bits
  • 1 good pinch of dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt

Place all of the above items in a food processor and pulse several times until all items are incorporated but still chunky.   The longer this sits, the flavors start to meld together and it tastes really good!!